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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development (Microsoft Press Training Kit) Hardcover – May 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0735626393 ISBN-10: 0735626391 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (May 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626393
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tobias Thernstr¿m has 13+ years’ experience with SQL Server, serves as program manager on the SQL Engine Platform Team at Microsoft, and helped develop several Microsoft certifications for SQL Server. Ann Weber, MCITP, MCSE, is an instructor, consultant, and author with more than 12 years' experience with SQL Server. A Microsoft Certified Trainer, Ann has developed several courses and other learning materials for Microsoft.


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Many questions in the exam have material not covered in the book.
psantos
The book has some nice tidbits of information, but does not offer much in the way of detailed explanations and examples.
JBT
What might be useful is the practice test CD that comes with the book.
Phillip W Zoller

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Goyette on June 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book as soon as it was released, and used it as my exclusive study material for the exam. I took my exam today and passed by a healthy margin. Although I use SQL Server on a daily basis at my job, much of the content of the exam goes beyond my typical day-to-day development tasks, and I don't believe I would have passed the exam had I not used this material to prepare for it.

The only bad thing I have to say about this book involves the Practice Tests provided on the CD. Very frequently, questions would deal with topics that simply were not covered in the book itself. Typically the questions would ask for highly specific syntax to perform fairly obscure tasks. The questions direct you to the chapter and section of the book where the topic is covered, but it was very common for me to find no reference at all to a question's topic when I referred to that section (or when I search the PDF version of the book.) The good news is that each test question, and its answers, are fully explained. But the bad news is that I felt like the practice questions were testing me on materials that simply weren't discussed in the book. This made me feel unprepared for the exam, and it made me question whether the book was incomplete, or if the practice questions were actually beyond the scope of the exam.

In the end, the actual exam had none of the obscure questions I had grown used to seeing on the practice exams, and I believe that every question on the exam itself was covered adequately in the book. So if you're studying for this exam, and you feel like the practice tests are causing you to reconsider taking it, you should probably give the exam a shot. I got a 10% better score on the actual exam than I did on the best practice test I took from the CD.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Righteousman on August 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book:

Great book, covers all of the exam topics very well and in a concise manner. You'll learn everything you need to know by doing the practice lessons that are at the end of every chapter. Even if you're not writing the exam, this book would be great for someone wanting to learn about SQL 2008 changes on the developer level. Highly recommended!

The practice exams that are included:

Are horrible for the most part. Many of the questions are overly complex and some make no sense. For example, to have a persisted view, what SET options have to be set to on. Choose all that apply (from a list of 10 or so possible answers)...nobody with a life is going to know that or even need to know it. Also some of the answers are quite wrong, tried a few of the queries and they failed, even though they were marked as right. I honestly wouldn't even use the practice exams and instead use MeasureUp or SelfTestSoftware.

In summary, the book is great, I went over the book for about a month and a half, and combined with my experience I scored 100% on the exam.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Herrin on September 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This rather dull and pedantic book nominally covers the exam material, but the book's organization and samples are far less detailed than the usual Microsoft Press books. Also, the writing was so poor I gave up about half way through and instead bought the 70-433 Transcender exam. The Transcender exam has far better examples and explanations as well as instant feedback.
Don't waste your money with this book. Instead, spend another $30 and get the Transcender product and you'll do just fine on the exam.

Ben H.
MCSD
MCDBA
MCSD.NET
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
FWIW, I passed the test with this book and it's practice exam as my primary, but not exclusive, resources.

PROS:
The book gives a good overview of what's up with 2008 and what's on the test. It divides it all up into neatly digestible sections. It's clearly written.

One of the best things about the book is that it comes with a practice exam on CD. The practice exam has roughly 30 questions for each of the 7 sections:

Implementing Tables and Views
Implementing Programming Objects
Working with Query Fundamentals
Applying Additional Query Techniques
Working with Additional SQL Server Components
Working with XML Data
Gathering Performance Information.

It comes with some source code, so I was able to play around with the concepts in my own instance of SQL Server. Very cool.

CONS:
It's a little longish. Could have been more concise. (Then again, this is a problem I have with almost all the tech books I get these days.) Some of the sample code code have been a little clearer by using simpler examples. The practice exam questions were harder than the ones on the test. (This might be a good thing. If you can pass the practice one you should be able to pass the real one.)

In sum, I wouldn't say it's a perfect book but it really helped me and I doubt I would have made the grade w/o it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mcmahon Jr. on March 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I, as well as others, used this book as my only preparation material for the exam. I have always used the Microsoft Press preparation material for all my exams. In all cases, I have passed the exam with a good margin - this was no exception.
The book material was the typical high-quality content that I've come to expect from Microsoft Press and its authors. The relevant exam topics were covered quite well in most cases. After making two passes through the book, I felt ready for the exam. There were a few chapters that I felt should have been placed in different areas of the book, but only because they would have led into one another better in a different order, as opposed to the frequent forward references they made. I also felt that a little more attention to TRY...CATCH blocks, collations, and RAISERROR would have been nice to see - especially the interaction between TRY...CATCH and RAISERROR.
The practice exams, on the other hand, were a bit more dubious. While I felt the book was an excellent preparation, when I took the practice tests, I felt like the book was insufficient. After my second pass through the book and another attempt at the exams, I had the feeling that the practice tests were a bit unrealistic. Many of the questions covered topics that were not addressed in the book, or gave very detailed and almost obscure questions on topics that were not addressed. Additionally, there were a good number of management questions that didn't seem to fit the scope of the exam. These questions led me to realize that I was prepared for the exam, despite a low score on the practice tests - a realization that was quite accurate. However, the advantage to these questions was a good bit of research that was useful on the exam.
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